goodwife
noun Date: 13th century 1. archaic the mistress of a household 2. archaic Mrs.

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  • Goodwife — Goodwife, usually abbreviated Goody, was a polite form of address for women of lower social standing in the 1600s, formerly used where Missus (Mrs.), Miss and Ms. would be used today. Its male counterpart is Goodman.The terms were used in England …   Wikipedia

  • goodwife — [good′wīf΄] n. pl. goodwives [good′wīvz΄] [ME: see GOOD & WIFE] Archaic 1. a wife or a mistress of a household 2. a title equivalent to Mrs., applied to a woman ranking below a lady …   English World dictionary

  • goodwife — adjective (A title of respect for a woman). Goodwife Hopkins Syn: Mrs …   Wiktionary

  • Goodwife — adjective (A title of respect for a woman). Goodwife Hopkins Syn: Mrs …   Wiktionary

  • goodwife — /good wuyf /, n., pl. goodwives / wuyvz /. 1. Chiefly Scot. the mistress of a household. 2. (cap.) Archaic. a title of respect for a woman. [1275 1325; ME; see GOOD, WIFE] * * * …   Universalium

  • goodwife — n. mistress of a house (Archaic) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • goodwife — noun (plural goodwives) archaic, chiefly Scottish the female head of a household …   English new terms dictionary

  • goodwife — n. 1. Goodwoman, goody, gammer. 2. Wife, housewife, mistress of the house …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • goodwife — good·wife …   English syllables

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